10 Best Theme Parks In Orlando To Visit For An Action-Packed Holiday
Hands up – who loves rollercoasters? If you’re a thrill-seeker at heart, you’ll fall head over heels in love with Orlando’s most famous theme parks, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. But there are many more in this Floridian city, offering everything from white water rafting to close-up alligator encounters.
Check out the top theme parks in Orlando here:
Walt Disney World Resort
Featuring four separate parks, Walt Disney World Resort is a mecca for theme park devotees. You can get an open-dated ticket from Tripsle with the choice of single-park entry or hopping between them. If you’re a true theme park fanatic, why not opt to spend up to 10 days getting your fill of thrills and spills?
1. Go on a Minnie adventure at Magic Kingdom Park
From Peter Pan and Aladdin to Mickey and friends, Magic Kingdom is the place to get a photo with a Disney icon. As far as rides go, you can go high-ho and low on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, or tip your hat to Captain Jack Sparrow on the animatronic Pirates of the Caribbean cruise. The day ends with a dazzling fireworks and projection display at Cinderella Castle, all set to a nostalgic medley of Disney music.
2. Witness the wonders of the world at Epcot
Originally designed as a real working city of the future by Walt Disney himself, this futuristic theme park is split into two ‘lands’ – Future World and Epcot World Showcase. The latter is set around a lagoon and features 11 distinct, immersive recreations of countries. Stroll from souks in Morocco to Mayan pyramids in Mexico, stopping to sample each country’s culinary highlights along the way.
Tripsle Tip: Frozen fans should stop by ‘Norway’ and cruise to the winter wonderland of Arendelle on a Nordic boat.
3. See sets, stunts and stars at Disney Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is a full-throttle film celebration. Witness jaw-dropping live stunts at the Indiana Jones Spectacular before plunging 13 floors at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. In Toy Story Land, you can ride a Slinky Dog rollercoaster over the top of Andy’s backyard!
4. Have a roaring time on a safari at Animal Kingdom
The largest of all Disney theme parks, Animal Kingdom has a 110-acre African-style savannah where real giraffes, lions and elephants roam. Take a 20-minute safari with an expert guide at the wheel. Alternatively, explore the park’s 470 other acres, which include rides like the Avatar Flight of Passage – a 3D experience that sees you soar through colourful lands on the back of a winged banshee.
Universal Orlando Resort
Covering everything from Harry Potter and Marvel superheroes to old-school Hollywood studios, Universal’s pair of parks transport you into the world of film and fantasy. Book a one-day open-dated ticket through Tripsle, or double-down on the fun with a two-day ticket!
5. See superheroes and sinister villains at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Love summer blockbusters as much as white-knuckle rollercoasters? Universal’s main thrill park is the place for you. If you can’t get enough of comic book franchises, head to Marvel Super Hero Island, where you can experience a ‘sensory drop’ from the top of a skyscraper at the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride. Don’t forget to snap a selfie with Captain America, who patrols the island.
6. Cast spells at Universal Studios Florida
If you want to bite into a Krusty burger or try British pub grub in the Leaky Cauldron, head to Universal Studios, which drops you into the world of movies. Potterheads will be left spellbound by Harry’s Wizarding World. You can catch the Hogwarts Express, find the secret entrance to Diagon Alley, then make a dramatic bank getaway on the hybrid rollercoaster and ‘dark ride’ Escape from Gringotts.
Want even more medieval-themed mayhem during your Orlando stay? Spend an evening at a jousting tournament, where you’ll see falconry and be served a feast including roast chicken and herb-basted potatoes.
Other Orlando theme parks
7. Get wet and go wild at SeaWorld
A theme and marine zoological park in one, SeaWorld is home to Infinity Falls, a white water rafting adventure with the world’s tallest drop of its kind. While we’re talking records, the hair-raising Mako hyper-coaster is the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster in Orlando, reaching top speeds of 117 kph. If you’re a lover of aquatic animals, skip the rides and see the walruses and beluga whales at Wild Arctic.
Tripsle a SeaWorld Orlando ticket and dine all day at any of the park’s seven restaurants! If you’re still hungry in the evening, the Hard Rock Cafe serves traditional American dishes with a classic rock soundtrack.
8. Splash and slide around Aquatica Park
Fancy a fun way to cool down in the Florida heat? At Aquatica Park, you can fly down epic waterslides like Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, which includes a free-fall drop. Or challenge your mates to a race on the Taumata, an eight-lane high-speed slide. The park has poolside cabanas and a lazy river for when you’re ready to catch your breath.
With the Orlando attraction combo ticket on Tripsle, you can go here as well as to SeaWorld, Tampa Adventure and Tampa Busch Gardens.
9. Become a master builder at Legoland
If, like us, you love Lego to pieces, don’t miss a chance to explore Legoland. While it’s mainly aimed at kids aged two to 12, there’s plenty to enchant the young at heart. The Bricksburg area brings the Lego Movie to life, and there are painstakingly put-together feats of Lego brick engineering, from entire cities to Star Wars scenes.
If this sounds like the missing piece in your Orlando adventure, book your one-day or two-day Legoland ticket with Tripsle.
10. Pose with prehistoric monsters at Gatorland
Stretching across 110 acres, Gatorland is home to thousands of crocodiles and alligators along with snakes, tortoises, exotic birds and wild cats. Snap up your Gatorland ticket on Tripsle and you can run the Gator Gauntlet zip line over the heads of 130 giant alligators, or feed them during Adventure Hour in the Breeding Marsh. Feeling brave? Grab a selfie a few feet from these prehistoric creatures. Just remember to smile at the camera – not a crocodile!
A Go Orlando Explorer Pass will get you entry here and up to four other attractions, depending on which option you select. Pick from 17 in total, including the Sea Life Aquarium and the Orlando Eye.
Have a hankering for head-spinning adventures?
From the Kennedy Space Center to WonderWorks, there’s more to Orlando than theme parks. Check out the Orlando page on Tripsle for more ideas about what to do in Orlando.